Judging Amy (1999–2005)

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Series cast summary:
 Amy Gray (138 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Bruce Van Exel (138 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Gillian Gray (138 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Peter Gray (138 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Lauren Cassidy (138 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Maxine Gray (138 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Donna Kozlowski (130 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Sean Potter (89 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Vincent Gray (76 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Kyle McCarty (66 episodes, 2001-2004)


A family drama focused on three generations of women living together in Hartford, Connecticut. Amy Brenneman plays Amy Gray, who left New York City behind and now works as a family court judge. Karle Warren plays Lauren, Amy's daughter; Tyne Daly is Maxine, Amy's tough, opinionated mother. Written by Anonymous

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Amy's middle name (Madison) is a reference to producer 'Barbara Hall (IV)''s alma mater. Hall attended James Madison University. See more »


Board Member: We're a little concerned that your director is a drug addict.
Maxine Gray: No, my director is a former drug addict. I myself am a former high school student, and everyone here used to poop in your pants. What's your point?
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Referenced in Community: Introduction to Finality (2012) See more »

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Solid entertaining drama
18 December 2002 | by (Irving, TX) – See all my reviews

I don't know what show some of the "critics" have been watching, because many of the complaints can't possibly apply to the "Judging Amy" I've been watching. For one thing, this show is about as nonpolitical as a show about a judge can be. Issues which come up during the cases heard by Amy or handled by Maxine are decided in the interest of the child--that's the whole point of the juvenile justice system. The only reason I can see for lodging the charge that "Judging Amy" is "left-leaning" is that characters who fall outside the "married-white-protestant-middleclass-traditional-family" group (in other words, most everyone) aren't stoned to death on the show. Other than that, there is no left to lean.

As to whether this is a "woman's show:" first of all, I'm a man, and have loved the show from Week One. The two most important characters are women, but "Amy" has never been one of those shows concerned primarily with emotions and issues unique to women (like "Sisters" or "One Day At A Time")--the third most important character has always been a man (first Vincent, then Kyle). And to say that male characters are treated unfairly is patently ridiculous.

I do think that over the years the show has suffered from too much turnover in Amy's love life--she never seems to date anyone for more than 3 or 4 consecutive shows. My favorite of all the "boyfriends" was Stu (Reed Diamond); I found his history with Amy and the way the relationship was developing well worth exploring. I wish they'd bring him back. Also missed is Dan Futterman. Kevin Rahm as Kyle is doing a fine job, and the character is growing on me, but I really liked the affectionate/prickly/challenging relationships between the main triangle of Amy, Maxine, and Vincent. The other characters are often used in lighter subplots, but are compelling and well-rounded people in their own right. I guess it's possible that "Amy" detractors are NYPD Blue fans upset that "Amy" always beats it in the ratings, but that's hardly an excuse for trashing a good show.

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